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San Martin, Peru


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Felino

Felino Sanchez is one of Aproeco’s founding producer partners. During the first years of Aproeco, he dedicated himself to supporting collection, processing, and quality control operations, quickly becoming an expert in these areas. This lot is made up of producers who Felino has personally trained to produce high-quality coffee.

Felino's remarkable flavor profile encompasses the full range of fruit flavor: from stone fruit like black cherry and peach up front, transforming to more tropical flavors like mango and papaya on the finish. As the coffee cools, notes of citrus—orange, clementine—come through balanced by sweet cacao and caramel notes.

 

 

Location: Jepelacio and Soritor Districts from Moyobamba, and Roque District from San Martin, Peru

Variety: Nacional, Catimor, Caturra, Pache

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,400 - 1,900 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Number of members: 474

Harvest Months: June - September

Shipping Months: September - October

Cafe de la Roca

The coffee from the Cafe de la Roca lot is produced on farms with rocky soil; the farms are supposedly located over the remains of ancient, long buried citadels. The rocks store moisture in the summer and provide nutrients and minerals for the plants.

Cafe de la Roca has a striking, sweet malic crispness very reminiscent of green apples and Bosch pears. Like Felino, tropical notes also come through, finishing with notes of dark amber maple syrup.

 

Location: Jepelacio, Nuevo Lambayeque, Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru

Variety: Nacional, Catimor, Caturra, Pache

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,400 - 1,900 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Number of members: 474

Harvest Months: June - September

Shipping Months: September - October

Carrizal

This coffee is produced by members from the small town of Carrizal located about 300 miles north of Lima. These producers have been keen on processing experimentation, with a particular focus on exploring different fermentation and drying times to produce sweeter and richer profiles.

The result is a coffee that has deep layers of cocoa, caramelized fruit sugars, and intense molasses and cola-like sweetness. Blend it with a bright, citrus-forward coffee for that classic chocolate-orange flavor pairing and you can't go wrong!

 

 

Location: Jepelacio, Carrizal, Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru

Variety: Typica, Catimor, Pache

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,300 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Number of members: 369

Harvest Months: May - August

Shipping Months: September - October

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is produced at high elevation in a mountainous region known for cool winds that pass through during the flowering months. Flowering is exceptional here, due in part to these currents which aid in pollination. There is always the risk of winds that are too intense—resulting in flower loss—but when the harvest is good, the coffee is exceptional.

This coffee strikes the perfect balance between lower base notes like dark chocolate, caramel and almond, and juicier flavors like clementine and grapefruit. It's a great example of why we love Peruvian coffees—they're clean, easy-drinking, expressive, and versatile!

 

 

Location: Jepelacio, Soritor, Roque, Tabalosos, Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru

Variety: Typica, Caturra, Pache, Mundo Novo, Catimor

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,700 - 1,800 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Number of members: 369

Harvest Months: July - October

Shipping Months: September - October

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Setting the standard for Peruvian coffees.

Aproeco was founded in 2008, but its early beginnings took shape in 2002 as a small group of farmers organized in the department of San Martin in the upper part of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. With the help of ProNatur, a group dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture, these smallholder farmers learned to cultivate coffee of impressive quality and complexity, bringing attention to previously overlooked areas of Peru. By 2008, bolstered by the confidence in the increasing quality of their coffees year after year, these farmers left ProNatur and formed the Association of Ecological Producers, or Aproeco for short, a self-sustained coffee cooperative.


Dedicated to continued improvement.

Today, Aproeco has 474 farmer members; 270 of these members are certified organic coffee producers. Aproeco sets a high standard for excellence and have continually innovated their quality control program since its founding. Each individual lot delivered to the cooperative is meticulously cupped by Aproeco’s talented cupping team. Their thorough QC protocols have allowed Aproeco to consistently find exciting new coffees of exceptional quality from farms throughout the virgin rainforest of San Martin and the Amazon.


Not just producers—roasters, too.

Unlike other cooperatives, Aproeco also sells its own branded line of roasted coffee to retailers throughout Lima and Moyobamba, the capital of San Martin. What began as a project to better understand the roasting process and the numerous variables that affect coffee flavor, now generates a separate, steady stream of revenue to further support the cooperative.


Mzuzu, Malawi

San Martin, Peru

Located in the rainforest between the borders of San Martin, the Amazon, and Cajamarca, Aproeco sets the standard for Peruvian coffees, with exceptionally balanced coffees marked by sugary, caramel sweetness and ripe, tropical fruit complexity.


Award-winning coffees from Africa's smallest coffee-producing country.

Malawi is one of the few origins where climate change has not had a large detrimental effect on farming. Production continues to grow and quality progressively gets better and better, with Mzuzu Union leading the pack.
 
In the 2017 Annual Taste of Harvest Competition held by the African Fine Coffee Association, Mzuzu Union snagged 8 out of the top 10 spots and was able to find high premiums at auction for their highest quality lots.

A producer-first organization.

Aproeco runs a number of different projects and initiatives for its members, from training workshops led by expert agricultural technicians, to sponsoring university scholarships for their members' children.